This was inspired by the Accents - Southern Dopers? thread.
We’ve all run into various accents - some are amusing, some are endearing, some are repulsive and some are infectious. I’ve spoken with many Indians and Chinese. Some Indians have almost no accent, but those that do have an accent characterized by emphasis on syllables we’re not expecting in conjunction with grammatically correct English. I can do a great immitation of one of my favorite Physics profs (Indian) and one of my best friends, Wai-Ching (guess), but those are immitations.
What I’ve noticed is that certain accents are infectious. I dated a gal for a while (my friend from the [url=http://www.straightdope.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/002585.html]Have you ever been stalked?) thread who had a Brooklyn accent and I used to run with a couple of Irish gals. Those accents are infectious. There’s something about the meter/rythm that causes one to begin a poor immitation thereof after a few hours of exposure to a natural user of such.